Steve Ward founded Steve Ward and Associates, Inc. on August 19, 1979. Thus 2017 celebrates our 38th Anniversary.
Started as a one person office, SWA now employs 60 people. Additionally, we impact another 50 families through our network of subcontractors. SWA has performed work throughout the Continental United States and Alaska.
From day one, our goal has always been to meet the needs of our customers while honoring the people with whom we partner on a day to day basis. We tried to make it simple by following “The Golden Rule” – treat others as we would like to be treated.
Steve and his wife, Helen, have been married 44 years and have four children. They have also been blessed with six grandchildren.
Chief Executive Officer (Principal)
Andrew came to work full-time with SWA in May 2003 after a two year stint in the music industry. Andrew grew up around the family business, learning much through conversations at home and in the field during the summers of his youth.
During the majority of his time with SWA, Andrew has worked in a business development role for the company. Today, Andrew is a part owner in the company and is excited to live out the remainder of his career carrying on the family business.
At home, Andrew is married and is the father of three children. On weekends, he is usually found on the golf course, watching sports, and spending time with his family.
David has been with SWA since 1986, when he started as an Estimator. Through the company’s growth, David has held many positions within the company, becoming an owner in 1996 and then President in 2011.
David is married and the father of 2 daughters, living on their farm outside Nashville.
Chief Financial Officer
Terry is a CPA and graduate of the University of New Orleans.
Prior to joining SWA in 1995, he practiced public accounting for 10 years with clients in a variety of industries and was controller of the casual dining and Lee’s Famous Chicken divisions of Shoney’s Inc.
Terry is married and has 3 children. He loves exploring God’s creation on a stand up paddle board, attending his kids’ ballgames and is a firm believer that life’s just better in a baseball cap.
Vice President of Operations
Prior to joining SWA full time in 2005, Stephen worked in management consulting for 6 years after graduating from Colgate University.
Stephen began his career with SWA in sales covering the Central Florida region. In 2012, Stephen moved to SWA’s home office in Nashville in order to take over the role of Director of Pre-Construction. Stephen is a part owner in the company.
Stephen is married and the grateful father of three children. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys playing golf, spending time with his family, and learning about wine.
Vice President of Operations
Chris started his career at SWA in 2007 as a Project Manager following several years of work in the music industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Nashville School of Law.
Chris is married with two children and is an active member of his church. As a native of Ohio, he is a loyal fan of The Ohio State University Buckeyes and in his free time enjoys traveling, swimming and spending quality time with friends and family.
Director of Sales & Marketing
In 2004, Geoff began his career with SWA in sales covering the East Tennessee territory. Over the years, Geoff’s role and territory has expanded, and he currently serves as Director of Sales & Marketing.
Prior to SWA, Geoff served in both the United States Navy and Army Reserve for 10 years. Geoff is married and the father of three children.
Director of Engineering and Manufacturing
Scott graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Industrial Operations. Before joining SWA in 1997 to manage the manufacturing division, he led the operations of a houseboat and cruiser manufacturer for eight years. Scott leads our company wide LEAN continuous improvement initiative.
He is married and has two children. He recharges his batteries by fly fishing, paddle boarding, and hanging with family.
Director of Human Resources
Libby has spent more than half of her life working for SWA. She has proudly contributed to and watched the company unfold and grow into what we are today.
Libby has been married 38 years and has been with SWA for 32 years, which is a testament to her “stick-to-it-ness.” She has one daughter, 2 grandsons, and believes in faith, family, and hope. Libby is happiest on a beach or traveling abroad with her family.
Director of Preconstruction
Tommy started with SWA in 1986 as a builder/ carpenter in the SWA Millwork shop and moved into the Preconstruction department in 1992. In 2010 he became the Director of Preconstruction.
Tommy is married with 1 child and is one of the thirteen hundred and fifty-two guitar pickers in Nashville.
Director of Regional Preconstruction
Kyler is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. He started his career at SWA in 2007 as a project estimator and has worked on many complex projects.
While enrolled in college, Kyler competed for 4 years as a NCAA Division I collegiate athlete. Kyler is married with one daughter. He enjoys time spent with his family, working on home projects, and believes you can get anything you want with hard work and 1% of luck.
Director of Project Management
Eddie is a 1994 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. After graduating from MTSU, Eddie joined SWA in 1994 as a project estimator and moved into the Project Management department in 2000. He currently serves as a Director of Project Management.
Eddie is married and has 1 son. He loves to watch his son play high school football and spend quality time with his family.
Director of Installation
In 1995, Chris began his career with SWA as a Project Manager managing large corporate accounts, including the vast majority of the work at Vanderbilt University. In 2014, he took on the responsibility as Director of Installation for all SWA projects which has allowed him to work directly with the SWA team of installers and subcontractors.
Chris is married and has three children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time fishing on the lake.